Michael “Mike” Howell, 1948-2021 (service information added)

 

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, Michael “Mike” Howell passed away peacefully at the age of 72.

Mike was born Oct. 9, 1948, in Mill Creek, Ind., to Lloyd and Ruth Howell.

Growing up, Mike worked on his parents’ farmland. He eventually began his career as a heavy-equipment mechanic with Dye Plumbing and Heating and Midwest Operating Union.

Asked what they would remember most about Mike, there was a common response among his family members: his deep love for everyone, his big smile, and the bigger hugs he offered his children and grandchildren. The family shares fond memories of his love for coaching his sons’ baseball teams as they all grew up, and his involvement with 4-H, teaching classes on small engines. Those who knew Mike know he hated being fussed over and preferred to avoid being the center of attention.

Surviving are his sister, Kathy (Greg) Trevillian; sons, Jeremy (Jamie), Nick (Lindsey) and Josh (Allison); four grandchildren, Gabe, Nolan, Addison and Kaley; nieces, Stephanie (Eric) Hoffman and Cari (Greg) Whittler; and a close-knit extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. It was in moments where Mike was surrounded by family that he was his happiest, and the list of people who loved him is a mile long.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, Aug. 1, at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery on CR-600E in La Porte County.

To honor Mike’s memory, please consider a donation in his name to La Porte County 4-H Council, by mail or drop off in person: 2857 W. Ind. 2, Suite A, La Porte, Ind. 46350.

The family sends its sincere thanks for your condolences and for honoring Mike in your memory. We will hold him close in our hearts forever.

Messages of condolence may be posted below.

24 Responses to “Michael “Mike” Howell, 1948-2021 (service information added)”

  1. Eric Wooding

    Feb 12. 2021

    Mike’s kind, gently spirit is and will continue to be missed here at Brentwood. We send our condolence to his family and thank them for allowing us to call mike “one of our own” . His smile and gentle manner still make us smile when we think of him.
    EWooding LEC Brentwood@LaPorte

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    • Kathy Trevillian

      Feb 16. 2021

      Thank you so much for caring for Mike like your own family. Your kindness will never be forgotten. Brentwood is a wonderful place for people to live. Thank you

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  2. Patti Galloway

    Feb 12. 2021

    Kathy I am so sorry for your loss!!! Mike was always so nice! I know your heart is broken! I will keep you and his boys in my prayers! I know Mike will truly be missed!!!!!

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  3. Jerry Overfelt

    Feb 12. 2021

    A kind very quiet guy. Best diesel mech around.

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    • Kathy

      Feb 16. 2021

      Thank you Jerry. Mike thought the world about you and Betty. I’m sure the are smiling from above upon us.

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  4. Robert Mrozinski

    Feb 12. 2021

    Mike, Shirley, and the boys were great friends for a long time. Mike and I coached baseball together with our boys for quite a few years. A great guy with a great sense of humor. I was really sorry to hear of Mike passing. My condolences to his family.

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  5. Dawn Robinson

    Feb 12. 2021

    When I think of Uncle Mike, it immediately takes me back to being a kid. Carla and I loved to go visit the farm. Uncle Mike would always let us “help” with the milking and finding the litters of barn kittens was a treat. I don’t have a single memory of him without a smile on his face and never remember him raising his voice or having a harsh word for us. He was a gentle, lovely man.

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    • Linda & Terry

      Feb 13. 2021

      Kathy, Jeremy, Nick, and Josh, sending you our sincere condolences. Kathy, I am so glad you were able to visit Mike daily these last few weeks. He did have an unforgettable smile. Wishing you all peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. ❤️

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      • Kathy

        Feb 16. 2021

        Thank you. I’m so grateful I was able to be there with him. He was not in pain. That was my biggest concern. I will miss him tremendously. He was a huge part in my life.

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        • Bob Braden

          Feb 17. 2021

          Mike was a good guy, quiet and unassuming. A pleasure to be around.

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    • Kathy

      Feb 16. 2021

      Thank you Dawn. He thought the world about you and Carla and Mike. I’m sure Carla and Mike are reunited

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  6. Teri 'Zoborosky'' Dilloway

    Feb 12. 2021

    To those who loved Mike, I am very sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. Although I had not seen him in years, I always remembered his smile and gentle spirit. (He almost had me talked into becoming a plumber’s apprentice at one time.) His dedication to the 4H program is appreciated by many. RIP, Mike!

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  7. Mike Overfelt

    Feb 12. 2021

    Every memory I have of Uncle Mike was of a soft-spoken, caring and thoughtful man, with a lively smile that squinted his eyes and warmed the room. Rest, Uncle Mike, and peace to all friends and family.

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  8. Hugh Tonagel

    Feb 13. 2021

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Howell family. Mike was a gentle, caring person who was a fine model for his boys. May God grant you peace and good memories.

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  9. Anita Way

    Feb 13. 2021

    I remember the great times out here at Dye’s with so many friends and the boss (Charlie Dye) who goes on vacation in foreign countries just to check out the plumbing! I remember Mike, Rita Parthun, Laurie Chuck Preston, and so many more. You were a “Huggy Bear” then and a big heart then. I cannot imagine you being any different.

    What a wonderful family you must have, knowing your fun-loving and sunny disposition! Go Rest High on the Mountain!

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  10. Barry&Virginia Hoffman

    Feb 13. 2021

    Dear Kathy, Virginia and I send our Deepest Condolences to you and your extended family.

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  11. John J Meister

    Feb 18. 2021

    Runner up two yrs .Stayed all night a few times we would play and work out in the barn. I’ll never forget the tunnels we built in the loft awesome. We lost touch after we consolidated lp. Have many stories with Mike my condolences to his family friends may he rest in peace.

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    • Kathy

      Feb 18. 2021

      Thank you John. I remember you well. You, Dave Wilber and Mike such good friends

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      • Alan Good

        Aug 08. 2021

        From Stillwell Through 4H and to the nursing home Mike was one of the most pleasant and forgiving people I have known. Mike always had a smile to offer. Bless those who gave him shelter and comfort in his final years, thank you.

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  12. Doreen Harmon

    Feb 18. 2021

    Shirley , kathy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I remember mike always smiling and happy, you are in my thoughts and prayers..
    Doreen

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  13. James Baumer

    Feb 19. 2021

    I remember Mike from when he worked at Dye’s and I worked selling auto parts,,a truly nice guy,,

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